The state of Tennessee has high numbers of serious and fatal car crashes each year, and you have a real risk of being involved in some type of collision during your lifetime.
5,828 accidents with possible injuries, 1,575 non-incapacitating injuries from vehicle crashes, and 488 incapacitating injury accidents.
Car accidents in Shelby County caused 86 fatalities in 2014.
What to Do After a Car Accident?
- Check your own physical condition and that of your passengers at once.
- If any person has been injured, call 911 so that police and emergency medical personnel can be dispatched to the scene. If you were involved in a minor fender-bender, pull to the side of the road to assist in avoiding a secondary accident from moving traffic.
- If you are not rendered incapable due to your injuries, get the name, address, phone number, vehicle license number, and insurance information from the other drivers involved.
- Obtain pertinent information (name, address, phone number, email address) of any eyewitnesses that saw what happened. Their testimony or statements can be critical in the final decision by accident investigators about who was at fault.
- Report the accident to your own insurance company without admitting fault, or presenting your ideas or thoughts about who did what. Never admit fault. It is natural to feel guilty after an accident, even when you are completely innocent, and to avoid this natural inclination, just remain silent about what you believe was the cause of the accident.
- Get a full medical assessment immediately after the crash. When a person is in shock the body has “shut down” to some degree. This is a natural biological response to danger. The body has been flooded with adrenalin – a pain suppressor.
- Document your injuries with photos. Soft tissue injuries such as bruising, lacerations and tendon or ligament injuries can fade over the following days, and ensuring you have a full visual documentation of the level of your injuries can be very helpful in recovering fair compensation for damages.
- Take photos of the accident scene, including the vehicles, the position of the vehicles, any skid marks on the roadway and other information that could be helpful in your case.
- When the at-fault driver’s insurance company contact you, never agree to making a recorded statement or allowing access to your medical records without first getting an attorney.
- Get a Memphis car accident lawyer working to help you. Your right to full compensation is critically important, and should be protected by a legal professional that is skilled in personal injury law, and who will manage your case professionally. Choose a lawyer that has experience, who has recovered many high value settlements, and who offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis.
- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security: Crash Data